Doing Things Right… the Last Time

We’ve all heard about doing things right the first time, but what if it doesn’t turn out right the first time?  In my case, more often than not things don’t turn out right the first time – even with all my best efforts. Nor the second. Nor the third. Usually, it takes a whole lot of tries to get it right. The question is, will I stick with it until it’s right?

Right now I’m struggling with that very question. I’ve been working for weeks on getting my ebook of Runaway ready.  I thought it would be so easy, but I’ve found that converting the document to the proper format is anything but. My goal is to have an electronic version that is just as well formatted as my print version, but I keep finding myself wondering if all the hours and effort is worth it. Is it worth it?

I think so.

I’m glad that Thomas Edison decided to keep at it after thousands of attempts to create a viable light bulb. I’m glad the American military didn’t give up after a horrible start to their invasion of Normandy in World War II.  I’m glad MLK Jr kept to his philosophy of non-violent protest even when it led to imprisonment and many hardships. I’m glad Abraham Lincoln continued running for office even after many losses.

I’m glad for all the people who persevered in spite of all sorts of setbacks, obstacles, and hardships. Because of them my life is better. I want to be that kind of person.  So now, I’m going back to work on Runaway for Kindle and I’m not going to stop until it’s right the last time.


About EDC

EDC is an award-winning author with a passion for telling imaginative stories resonating with universal truths. His latest novel, Runaway, is a futuristic action/adventure inspired by the book of Philemon. EDC was born in Georgia, growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta, where he now lives with his wife, Amy, and daughter, Emma. Besides writing and being employed as an analyst in the airline industry, he has worked as a volunteer with youth, church planting, and Compassion International. He enjoys landscape gardening, listening to alternative rock, and playing the swordfight game on Wii Sports Resort.
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2 Responses to Doing Things Right… the Last Time

  1. Great post! Glad you are sticking with formatting your ebook. Some of the best things in life take time and commitment. I would also like to thank the pioneers, thinkers, writers and inventors of the past for their efforts and stubbornness to see their ideas through to the end.

    • EDC says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Scott. I’m sticking with it. I’ve spent weeks reformatting the entire book in an attempts to get the ebook program to pick up a Table of Contents. I’ve finally got that licked, but now something isn’t working right in the conversion and the Kindle can’t read it. I’ll be working more on it tonight… EDC

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